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Film Review: Handsome Devil



Being a teenager a pretty damn awful, let’s be honest. On top of exams, navigating romances, and all those hormones raging through your body, there’s also that little matter of trying to make sense of who you are and who you are becoming. There’s a reason why people have connected to coming-of-age movies generation after generation. Handsome Devil, the John Butler-directed film set to be released in New Orleans this week, is a welcome LGBTQ addition to the genre. 

 


Film Review: Captain Underpants



Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is based off the children’s comic book series from the turn-of-the-century (the 21st century, obviously). As children’s books, it is chalk full of fart and toilet jokes — humor perfectly tailored for its prepubescent readers. The story lines throughout the 12 books have elementary themes of friendship and basic morality, ideas that fit the maturing mind of a child. These are great for a child to laugh at the incredibly juvenile jokes, pun fully intended, but lose all entertainment value as the reader ages. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but shows its roots as solely children’s entertainment. The film does not stray far from the source material: It is full of Uranus jokes and quips about gross names. This is not necessarily a poor decision; it pleases its target audience, and not much else, due to its one-dimensional perspective.


Film Review: My Cousin Rachel



In My Cousin Rachel, Rachel Weisz plays a quietly hypnotic young widow who may have murderous designs on her cousin’s inheritance. The story, based on a 1951 novel of the same name by romance-mystery author Daphne Du Maurier, is a gothic meditation on personal impressions that leads both characters and viewers alike to feel uncertain of any absolute truth. 


Film Review: Baywatch



For a certain generation, the word Baywatch brings to mind the dumb, kitschy show of the 1990s that gave the world Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. It was little more than tawdry storylines peppered with beautiful women in red one-piece swimsuits running slow motion in the sand. Its charm — a very loose interpretation — was its irony and campiness, much of it courtesy of the Hoff, offered in a hour-per-week package. The 2017 rendition of Baywatch, starring Dwayne (no longer "The Rock") Johnson and Zac Efron, drowns in its lack of specific identity throughout, even though it delivers genuine laughs in a juvenile bag of genital humor and an overbearing 119 minute run time.


Third Eye Film Festival to Come to New Orleans


New Orleans is riding high on the crest of festival season, but after Bayou Boogaloo wraps up, what's a festivalgoer to do? Cinephiles, feminists, and bar mavens alike are in luck, as a new female-focused filmmaker festival will make its debut in the Bywater this Memorial Day Weekend. 


Cinema File

French Quarter Fest's Film Lineup



This week, the four-day French Quarter Fest takes over the Vieux Carré to share the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world. New to the FQF family this year is Cinema on the Bayou, a film organization working in tandem with the fest's organizers to present the Whitney Bank Film Festival, a curated selection of music-driven movies.

 


Space Disaster Film Drops Trailer


Today, the trailer for the Warner Bros. film “Geostorm” was released. The disaster flick, shot in New Orleans in late 2014 through early 2015, has long battled to get to the theaters. Plagued by years of reshoots and rescheduled release dates, the Dean Devlin directed film has been subject to rumors that the final product leaves a lot to be desired.  


Fire on the Beyou

NOLA in Beyoncé's "Lemonade"



The Bey Hive is buzzing about New Orleans, but the Crescent City was not stung by the latest export from the Queen Bey. On Saturday (4.23) Beyonce dropped her one hour video art installment, “Lemonade” on HBO for one day. The 12 track film and album generated much lots of talk from culturistas, but at NoDef HQ, our priorities are local. The complete breakdown of the local references follows.


Patois of (Moving) Pictures


New Orleans has no shortage of social issues or artistic expressions. In a few days locals will have the opportunity to witness the convergence of the two when Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival returns. 12 screenings will feature works that address social and civil rights.


Big Oozy Film Drops Trailer


Today, the first trailer for Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” movie was released. The film appears to be a classic 70’s style disaster flick focused on the actual blowout and the rig workers or “real heroes” involved—glossing over the months of uncontrolled oil pumping into the gulf, the economic devastation that followed, criminal negligence, or the subsequent years of environmental damage.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Linzi Falk

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Alexis Manrodt


B. E. Mintz


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